Title: Local Food Access Coordinator
40 hours per week at up to $28.00 per hour depending on experience This is a grant funded position
Organization Description - https://www.newlondoncommunitymealcenter.org/
The Local Food Access Coordinator (LFAC) performs all aspects of purchasing for the LFPA project and for managing the inventory, distribution and control of those items for all distribution locations. The Coordinator must work with organizational representatives to identify the products to be purchased, identify the most appropriate source for the products, confirm all aspects of pricing, confirm all deliveries, maintain an inventory control database and work with the NLCMC bookkeeper on invoicing. In addition, the Coordinator will work with the Food Justice Action to research and plan for sustaining this and other local food initiatives, with a particular focus on the overlapping goals of farm viability and healthy food access for low income consumers. Within this framework, the Coordinator will work towards long term systemic change, through a food justice lens, with partners including , FRESH New London, the HIC, and other area organizations. The position is “housed” at the NLCMC with shared supervision by the NLCMC and community partners.
Responsibilities & Duties:
The Local Food Access Coordinator’s primary duties include but are not limited to:
- Supporting the successful launch of the project by contributing to the development of the implementation plan, and standard operating procedures
- Communicating effectively with community partners and local food producers
- Work with the NLCMC Kitchen Manager, Hispanic Alliance, New London Area Food Pantry and Food to the People to determine purchasing needs.
- Identify the most appropriate supplier for the designated product, determine availability, negotiate pricing, confirm quality of products and establish delivery requirements/timelines
- Perform all purchasing functions, including invoice creation, pricing verification, payment authorization, work with bookkeeper on completing entries into the accounting system.
- Ensure the safe, and timely pick-up and delivery of all food products using our van and/or box truck. This includes loading and unloading
- Maintain and communicate a log of mileage, hours, and other details
- Input and maintain online database of all producers, products, inventory and procurement and distributions.
- Identify and resolve any and all issues related to product quality, pricing, delivery, utilization, loss
- Work directly with the Food Justice Action Team to create a local food action plan that will assess barriers and opportunities to increase access to culturally relevant and locally produced products to low income families.
- Attend local, regional and state meetings, training, and/or other events in order to understand best practices and promote the local food access plan.
- Assist the leadership team in outreach and communications to businesses, elected officials and other community leaders on food access issues
- Foster relationships with partner organizations, businesses and community members to increase program awareness and use
- Leverage data and partnerships to increase access to fresh, nutritious food, sales for local farmers and food producers, and the collective impact of our local food economy
- Other tasks as assigned
Skills and Qualifications:
- Must have good driving record (and Driver’s License)
- Degree in a related field (e.g. food systems, business administration, community development, food science) or 2-5 years related experience or combination of degree and work experience
- Project management skills and experience
- Organized, self-directed and resourceful, good at problem solving.
- Ability to multi-task and ability to exercise independent judgment
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel and Google Suite?
- Demonstrated proficiency in analyzing data and ability to generate clear/concise reports
- Excellent communication skills, both in oral and written medium
- Ability to repetitively lift and move heavy crates and cases up to 50lbs
- Bilingual skills helpful (English-Spanish)
Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job. If you’re ready to join our amazing crew of staff & volunteers serving meals to anyone who is hungry, please submit your resume and be sure to tell us why you think we should hire you!
Equal Employment Opportunity: NLCMC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, promotion, termination, compensation, and training.
Please send your resume and a cover letter to - Maryann@newlondoncommunitymealcenter.org